For your information a video recording of an extended interview with Col. Joe Kittinger HonFRAeS on his extraordinary career in the field of flight testing and aeromedical research including his August 16 1960 parachute descent from 102,800 ft at the edge of Space from the Excelsior III high-altitude balloon has just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects based on original recordings held in the Library's archives - and is now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site :-
The specific link to the video / sound recording is (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-
The interview with Col. Kittinger - which was specially arranged for the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - has been released alongside recordings of a 1995 lecture by Sir Peter Masefield in which he recollects on the work of the Brabazon Committees and their impact on the development of postwar British civil aviation and a 1997 lecture by Alan Mulally providing his personal insights into future development of the world aerospace industry.
A quick link to the historic lectures and speeches available so far (including Sir Frederick Handley Page, Igor Sikorsky, Jeffrey Quill, Peter Twiss, Charles H. Gibbs-Smith, Andrew Brookes, Silvius Dornier, Sir Richard Glazebrook, Commander Graeme Rowan-Thomson, Keith Hayward, Sir Dermot Boyle, Philip Wills, Chris Yeo, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, Col. Al Worden, Peter Hearne, Sir George Edwards, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, John Farley, A. W. 'Bill' Bedford, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, Christopher Bartlett, Andy Sephton, Dr. Ron Smith, A. R. Collar, Sir Vernon Brown, Air Commodore F. R. 'Rod' Banks, L. S. Snaith, Mike Hirst, Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert de La Ferte and Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard ) is:-
A quick link to the extended interviews available so far (including interviews with Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Handel Davies, Al White, Bill Humble, Pete Knight, Dick Johnson, Philip Lucas, Peter Bugge, Col. Emil ‘Ted’ Sturmthal, Harald Penrose, John Morton, D. P. Davies, Jeffrey Quill, John Cunningham, Sir Barnes Wallis, R. A. C. Brie, Sir Harry Ricardo, Clayton Knight, Henry Knowler, Mike Savage, Hugh Dibley and Sir Geoffrey de Havilland) is :-
For example the interviews with Captain Eric Brown and Sir Barnes Wallis are available to listen to via the following links:-
In addition historic sound recordings from a 1959 BBC radio series have also recently been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive.
Produced for BBC Overseas Service by R. A. Symes-Schutzmann, the radio documentary series was a group of talks on the development of British aviation broadcast by BBC External Services in 1959 in the series 'English Talks for Asia'.
With the programmes linked by Charles Gibbs-Smith, they include recordings of Lord Brabazon, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, Major G. P. Bulman, Sir Harold Roxbee Cox, Sir Graham Sutton, Sir Alan Cobham, Captain O. P. Jones, ACM Sir Alec Coryton, Hayne Constant, Sir Robert Watson-Watt, A. A. Lombard, Sir George Edwards, Captain John Cunningham and Geoffrey Hall discussing the development of British aviation from their own personal perspectives.
All six episodes in the series – based on the original recordings held in the archives of the National Aerospace Library - are now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site:-
The specific link to the recordings are as follows (just click on the arrow button to 'Play') :-
Sound recordings of six lectures by leading aviation historians Dr. Peter Jakab, Dr. Richard Hallion, Dr. John Ackroyd, Philip Jarrett, Gordon Bruce and Professor D. I. A. Poll describing the achievements of the Wright Brothers and the early development of Aeronautics up to that time have also recently been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects based on original recordings held in the Library's archives - and are now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site :-
The specific link to the recordings is (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-
All the historic podcasts released via the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive can also now be downloaded for free via iTunes:-
The intention of the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive project is to create a historically significant oral history archive which makes the voices of the past (pilots, engineers, scientists etc.) 'alive' once more to inspire and inform current and future generations and the sound archive has attracted a number of favourable comments / interest via social media.
Please note that if these recordings or extracts from these recordings are to be reproduced in any way (book, journal article, web-site etc.), acknowledgement should be made to the ‘Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)’ as being the source of the original.
Please feel welcome to forward details of these historic aviation recordings to anyone who may be interested.
An online version of an article published in the Royal Aeronautical Society's magazine Aerospace December 2017 which describes the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive project is available via the following web-site:-
National Aerospace Library